Colonel Gaddafi’s aide wants to engineer a retrospective of “four decades of superior dress sense” at the Costume Institute’s annual gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in N.Y.C. He’s trying for 2013. Talib, an aide to Mr. Moussa Khalid Wahabb, the new Minister for Cultural Affairs in Libya, contacted “New York Times” Fashion Editor Horacio Silva to score the deal, one only imaginable to fashion royalty.

In the email sent to Silva:

…the compound next to the presidential palace was badly damaged in a bombing raid and we are very concerned should the same happen to the palace the result might be the destruction of over 3400 items of breathtaking sartorial magnificence: Decades of Military uniforms and leisure wear mostly hand made from the finest fabrics on earth that show not only President Col. Gaddafi’s strong commitment to leadership qualities but his relaxed and informal side as a devoted family man who loves to entertain.

Furthermore, many, including Michael Jackson, were not only fans, but shameless copiers of the unmistakable sartorial prowess of the G-man:

[H]style and substance but many western rock stars and celebrities have also been won over by the Gaddafi look: most notably Michael Jackson in the 1980’s copied the signature motif military style of our leader to great chart success on his own terms.

If Alexander McQueen can get a post-mortem party this year (“Savage Beauty”), why can’t the man whose costumery and demeanour led to his latest title, “Depressed Nigerian grandmother,” have a go?


Further Reading

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Engaging seriously with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life could help us understand how South Africa got where it is and where it’s going.